Cricket World® MVP Update - New Entries In Top 10
Although batsman Brad Rasool (Neston) and spin bowler Dinuka Hettiarachchi (St Annes) continue to lead the way in the , a number of other players are coming to prominence as the season heads past the halfway stage.
In the batting rankings, Hampshire's Chris Wood has risen to second place, and within ten ranking points of Rasool, after Fawad Alam (Woodhall Spa) dropped from second to tenth. Joe Gatting (Preston Nomads) is back in the top ten, into ninth place after hitting 39 in his recentmost match - his first since June.
Hettiarachchi continues to be a model of consistency and has actually improved his rating but is coming under pressure - three players are new entries to the top ten this week.
Into fourth place is Rotherham Town's Ben Sanderson, who has played nine times for Yorkshire, and recently took eight for 31 against Castleford to propel himself towards the top of the rankings.
In at number eight is Teddington's Duncan Wood after taking three for 34 against Stanmore, four for 51 against Brondesbury and eight for 36 against Finchley.
Ex-Lancashire player Marcus Sharp is at number ten, this week taking seven for 30 for Lytham against Highfield.
Performances of the week
The outstanding performance of the week came from Chesterfield's Ross Whitely, who scored an unbeaten 204 against Alfreton in a match that was eventually drawn. Yorkshire-born Whitely played first-class and one-day cricket for Derbyshire between 2008 and 2009.
Three players took eight-wicket hauls this week. As well as Sanderson, mentioned above, the feat was also achieved by Sheffield Collegiate's Benji Watson, whose eight for 28 saw Sheffield United dismissed for 57, and Chester-le-Street leg-spinner Andrew Smith, whose eight for 43 helped his side beat South Shields by 106 runs.
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In the runs this week: Jason Gallian (ex-England, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Essex) - 116 for Saffron Walden v Vauxhall Mallards, Alan Wells (ex-England, Surrey, Sussex, Kent) - 105 for Bromely v Tunbridge Wells, Jamie Pipe (ex-Derbyshire wicket-keeper) - 88 for Chesterfield v Alfreton, Steve Stubbings (ex-Derbyshire) - 75 for Alvaston and Boulton v Dunstall and Freddie Klokker (Denmark international) - 72 for Bury St Edmunds v Norwich
In the wickets this week: Luke Fletcher (Nottinghamshire fast bowler) - 5-10 for Clifton Village v Papplewick & Linby and Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire spinner) - 5-15 for Ormskirk v Wallasey
The are calculated by collating the scores of all ECB Premier League matches. Every run, wicket and catch earns a player points, which are then divided by each match played. A player must play three matches to become eligible for an MVP rating.
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